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Vets4Pets Ipswich

Meet the Ipswich vet team

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Sandra Braunig

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Sandra was born and raised in North London. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. Sandra started her career in a mixed animal practice in Wales where she stayed a year before deciding to work solely with small animals. She worked at a practice in Surrey for eleven years then moved to a practice in Colchester for three years before realising her dream of opening Ipswich Vets4Pets in 2012.


What made you want to be a Vet?

After seeing "All Creatures Great & Small" on television and reading James Herriot’s books I knew that being a vet was the only job for me. He inspired a whole generation of vets.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Robin because they make people happy and I could fly around and explore.

What is your favourite thing about being a Vet?

I love the variety that each day brings and the fact that after seventeen years I still love my job and can’t wait to come to work everyday. I also love puppies and kittens.

What pets do you have?

I have a greedy 12 year old Labrador called Sophie, and Sketty the wonky Lurcher who loves to run.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

My secret talent is Hula
Hooping.

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Lucy Webb

Head Veterinary Nurse, Behaviourist and Practice Partner

Lucy was born and raised in Kesgrave, she graduated form the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Nursing. In 2016, Lucy also completed her Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She has been with the practice since 2012.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse and why?

I have always had an interest in animals and after undertaking work experience at a veterinary surgery, I decided that this was my calling in life and I cannot imagine doing any other job.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A ladybird, so that I could just watch the world go by and fly about here and there.

What is your favourite thing about being a veterinary Nurse?

I love being able to help and advise owners so that they are able to get the best out of their relationship with their pets.

What pets do you have?

I have a flock of 3 chickens who lay very tasty eggs and Badger the rescue dog.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

After graduating from university I spent time working as a Veterinary Nurse in Australia. One of my most unusual yet rewarding jobs was nursing a poorly sugar glider back to health!

Mary-Kate Woodrow

Veterinary Surgeon

Mary-Kate was born and raised in Australia and worked as a Vet Nurse for 8 years before graduating from the University of Queensland in 2014, with a bachelor of Veterinary Science. After graduation she completed an internship in emergency medicine and worked in Veterinary emergency before she decided to move to the UK in 2016. After working at our practise as a locum for 6 weeks Mary-Kate came back by popular demand and decided to join us full time. 


What made you want to be a vet? 

I decided when I was 4 years old that I was going to be a vet. My grandma was very interested in animals and wildlife and she had a big impact on my decision to become a vet. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

A honey badger – because no one messes with a honey badger! 

What’s your favourite thing about being a vet? 

Knowing I’m making a difference.

What pets do you have? 

My family has two Springer Spaniels called Jay and Maggie, who are adorable! I also have a cat called Mr Bingley but he unfortunately had to stay in Australia and so now lives with my mum. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

A few years ago I shaved my head for charity with lots of my friends – it was great fun!

Amy Madden

Veterinary Surgeon

Amy was born and raised in Ipswich. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and worked in a number of small animal practices in Hertfordshire coming back home; she joined the Vets4Pets team in January 2018. Amy particularly enjoys surgery and diagnostic imaging and is working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.


What made you want to be a Veterinary surgeon?

 

 It sounds cliché but I’ve never considered anything else.

 

 If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

 

 A Bee! I could fly around all day visiting beautiful flowers; helping to pollinate plants but also making honey – Yum!

 

 What is your favourite thing about being a Vet?

 

 Knowing I’m making a difference, helping to keep pets healthy.

 

 What pets do you have?

 

 Two scruffy dogs called Riley and Addy, a Bunny called Dexter (who thinks he is also a dog). I also have a cockatiel called Darwin and a horse called Charlie.

 

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

 

 I like to keep active and when I’m not out with the dogs or riding I enjoy running; I’m hoping to complete my first marathon next year.

 

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Sophie Stairmand

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor 

Sophie was born in Suffolk and qualified as a vet nurse in 2010. Sophie has worked in many practises around Suffolk and also locumed for a year. She currently lives in Suffolk with her husband Will.

What made you want to become a Veterinary Nurse?

I have always loved animals and knew from a very young age that this was what I wanted to do.

If you could be one animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Labrador so that I could eat and exercise for the whole day.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I enjoy educating the clients on pet care and seeing our patients returning, happy and healthy.

What pets do you have?

I am the proud owner of a sprocker called Oscar and I have a horse called Blaze.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am an HGV lorry driver and can play the Flute & Piano.

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Lauren Staff

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor

Lauren was born in Kent and moved to Suffolk as a child. She qualified in 2010 after completing her Veterinary Nurse training at a practice in Ipswich. Lauren has been a locum nurse as various practices around Suffolk. She currently lives in Saxmundham with her husband and three young sons.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse?

I have always been interested in working with animals, so it was the only career I could see myself doing.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A sloth, so I could just sleep and hang around in trees all day with my sloth friends.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I find my job very rewarding. I enjoy the wide variety of animals I get to nurse on a daily basis.

What pets do you have?

I have a very naughty cat called Cleo who I hand reared from just two days old, and a very lively Springer Spaniel puppy called Willow.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I got married on a beach in Mauritius.

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Bonnie Povey

Veterinary Nurse 

Bonnie was born and raised in Ipswich. She completed an extended diploma in Animal Management at Otley College, followed by work experience at various vets. She is newly qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, but has been training for five years. She is our newest Veterinary Nurse, having joined the team in November 2017.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Nurse? 

After doing work experience at various vets I realised I wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

 I’d be a Giraffe. They eat all day, live in the sun and are very sociable. They also have ginger spots!

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?That you get to give animals lots of love and attention, and help them to get better.

What pets do you have? 

A Lhasa cross named Millie, who is 11 years old. She weighed 18kg when we got her, and is now down to 8kg!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I’m getting married next summer in France.

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Alice Theobald

Veterinary Nurse

I was born and brought up in Ipswich before flying the nest to attend university at Nottingham Trent University. I completed a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing before working at the Animal Health Trust Referral Centre in Newmarket for just over a year. I did a short stint of locuming and travelling before taking up a position at Ipswich Vets4Pets, after realising how amazing it is.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Nurse?

My love of animals first and foremost but obviously such a cliché answer. I wanted to be involved with animals and it just made sense to undertake a job in which day in day out you can improve the quality of that animal’s life and also educate owners on correct animal welfare practices.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

It would have to be a dolphin, as animals go they are very free as well as do like to travel the oceans something I could easily relate to as I do enjoy adventures.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

Being able to aid the veterinary surgeon by nursing a sick animal back to health and then seeing it walking out of the consult room tail wagging to its Owner. The other aspect of my job I really enjoy is seeing a puppy or kitten with a new owner for its first visit to the vets and watching it grow into a fully-fledged adult animal.

What pets do you have?

I have two chinchillas, Riley and Calypso – although adorable they are best known for chewing/destroying everything that gets in their way! I also have an elderly cat called Tibbles who lives at my family home.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am an avid supporter of Ipswich town football club. My other keen interest is swimming. My best achievement to date is swimming last year at the national championships and collecting three medals (1 gold and 2 bronze). I also spend my spare time doing craft activities and putting my photography skills to good use.

 

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Myles Ellis

Student Veterinary Nurse 

Myles was born and raised in Sussex, before later moving to Suffolk. He studied Applied Science at Suffolk One Sixth Form and then Animal Science and Welfare at Otley College. Myles initially came to Vets4Pets for work experience, and went on to join the Reception Team whilst working at an out-of-hours vets. He is now working for us as a Student Veterinary Nurse whilst studying at the College of Animal Welfare.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Nurse?

I have always wanted to work with animals, after doing work experience at Vets4Pets I realised I wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? 

A Lion, so I could sit in the sun all day.

What is your favourite thing about being a student Veterinary Nurse? 

My favourite thing is when we have really friendly pets in who love fuss, and I also really enjoy the challenge of the role.

What pets do you have?

I have a cat called Pepys who is 22 years old.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I initially wanted to join the army as a dog handler, before realising Veterinary Nursing is what I wanted to do.

 

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Hayley Brock

Animal Healthcare Assistant

Hayley was born in Ipswich; she worked for BT for fifteen years. Following a career break to raise her two children, she decided to go to Otley College and complete a level three animal management diploma.
Hayley started at Vets4Pets in 2012 as a volunteer and is now employed as an Animal Nursing Assistant.

What made you want to be an Animal Nursing Assistant?

I wanted to fulfil my life-long ambition of working with animals.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A cat because they are very independent, but a pampered dog with lovely owners would also be great.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nursing Assistant?

For me it’s the great team I work with, and getting to help the animals is an amazing bonus.

What pets do you have?

I have a Yorkshire terrier x shih tzu called Henry, as well as five rabbits called Dandelion, Ria, Smudge, Smidge and Cinnamon.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I like drawing animals in my spare time and am a keen horse rider.

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Emily Forsdyke

Head Receptionist

Emily joined the practise following a 12 years career as a bank manager and lives in Bacton with her husband and son Addison.


What made you want to work in the practice?

My dream has always been to work with animals and I’m finally in a position that allows me to do so! 

If you could be an animal for the day what would it be and why? 

I would love to be a wolf, looking after and protecting my pack. 

What is your favourite thing about your job?

The team is very close knit, and we all support each other. Every person is genuinely passionate about what they do and it’s an absolute pleasure coming to work every day.

What pets do you have? 

I have nine beautiful but naughty cats; Sooty, Sweep, Freddie, Cruella, Willow, Reek, Ribbler, Evie and Beano. I also have an Alaskan Malamute called Calamity and a Siberian Husky called Bandit, as well as two rabbits called Marley and Corbett.

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Kit Hearsum

Receptionist

Kit was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Media, English and photography at college. Kit has worked in various customer service roles over the last ten years. Having been a client with us since 2012, she applied for the receptionist role and joined the team in September 2014. 

 

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist? 

I am passionate about animals and have always enjoyed interacting with customers. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

I would be a Bengal cat so I could sleep for twenty hours a day, eat, play and be naughty. 

What is your favourite thing about your job? I love interacting with the animals and their owners. I also enjoy working with the team, we have a very close work family.

What pets do you have? 

Two very naughty Bengal cats called Halo Master Chief and Logan Wolverine who feature in their very own blog on our Vets4Pets Facebook page.

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I am an avid Xbox one gamer. I am also a professional baker and spend a lot of my spare time creating and designing cakes.

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Ally Brown

Receptionist

Ally was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Sociology, Drama and Media at Sixth Form. Ally has worked in various customer service and animals based roles, and is our newest receptionist, having joined the team in summer 2016. 


What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist? 

I like being around people in roles where I can be chatty and helpful, but I also LOVE working with animals - a veterinary receptionist just seemed like a perfect match. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

I’d be an elephant – I love everything about them. 

What is your favourite thing about your job? 

All the adorable puppies who come in for their vaccinations! I’ve also never worked with a more supportive and kind bunch of people. 

What pets do you have? 

I have a cheeky Cavalier puppy called Gruff. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I love everything Disney - from the theme parks to the films!

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Lauren Pizzo

Receptionist

Lauren was born and raised in Ipswich. She completed an extended diploma in music at Suffolk New College. She worked in housekeeping and care work for five years, and then went onto a customer services role. Lauren then started her role as a Veterinary Receptionist at Ipswich Vets4Pets in November 2017.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist?

I always knew I wanted to work with animals, and thought this would be the best place to start my career.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A cat – they get to have cuddles and have the freedom to go outside. They get to climb trees and chill out for most of the day.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Receptionist?

My favourite part is that we are constantly learning new information and get to use the knowledge to help our clients and their pets.

What pets do you have?

2 cats – Izana who is one year old, and a rescue kitten called Asuna who is now 8 months old.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I taught myself to play guitar at the age of 12, and afterwards started to learn song writing.

 

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Ellie Brown

Receptionist

Ellie was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Psychology and Media at Sixth Form and went on to get a PR degree. She is our newest receptionist at Vets4Pets, having joined the team in February 2018.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist?

I enjoy talking to people and cuddling animals, so this seemed like a good fit for me.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

An Octopus. I’d like to know what it feels like to have more than 4 limbs. I could change colour, hold 8 things at once, and use ink as my weapon.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Receptionist? 

It would have to be cuddling cute animals on a daily basis.

What pets do you have? 

A doggo named Ripley (aka Pig). And I’m an Aunt to Gruff the King Charles.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I have broken 8 bones in my lifetime and can tell the flavour of any mini-egg by blind-testing.

 

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Vikki Flatman

Receptionist

Vikki was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied English Lit, Photography and Sociology at Sixth form. She has worked in various customer service and admin roles before joining Vets4Pets in August 2017. 

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist? 

 I’ve always wanted to work with animals and I enjoy working in a Team environment, so when I saw the advertisement for this role, I knew this was the job for me! 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? 

A giant panda – I love the idea of lazing about and eating all day long. 

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Receptionist? 

Seeing all the adorable puppies and kittens is a big perk, but also working with so many great people. It’s the best place I’ve worked because everyone gets on so well and are genuinely happy to help each other out. 

What pets do you have? 

I have four house cats. A big ginger who is always on the hunt for food. A fluffy Ragdoll who lives up to the ragdoll stereotype. And two rescue kittens who spend most of their day playing. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I once ate seven jam doughnuts in a row. It wasn’t for a competition, I just love doughnuts.

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Sophie Braunig

Practice dog

Sophie is Sandra’s ‘New, old dog’. She is eleven years young and joined the family in June 2014. Sophie was born and raised in France and moved to England a few years ago.

Sophie spends a lot of time at the practice with the team and is loved by everyone who meets her.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I really enjoy all the fuss I get whenever someone comes upstairs, but I would have to say my absolute favourite thing is when I break into the storeroom and gorge on the treat supply.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I would be a human so I could eat whatever I wanted and talk in a silly voice to see how they like it!

What pets do you have?

I have two humans, Sandra and Dean.
They are very stingy with their dinner and don’t like to share with me. I also have a cat called Priscilla and a dog called Sketty.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am bilingual! Having spent a number of years living in France I respond better to commands in French than English!
Au revoir.

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Sketty Braunig

Practice dog

Sketty is Sandra’s new dog. He is nearly two years old and joined the family in January 2016. Sketty had a rough start to life and was found as an injured stray which landed him in the Council Pound, he was then transferred to Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue where he waited for the right home.

It was love at first sight when Sandra found him online, and in no time Sandra and Sophie were off to Doncaster to meet Sketty.

Sketty sadly was still suffering from his injuries; however Sandra and Sophie invited him into the family with open arms.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I love coming to work with my mum and sister everyday, I have such a great social life, and enjoy meeting new buddies.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I think I would like to be a cat for the day, I’m desperate to play with my sister Priscilla and that way I might be allowed.

What is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?

Well I once tried to eat Priscilla; I hadn’t met a cat before and wanted to know what she tasted like.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am very talented and thanks to my wonky pelvis I can pee on my front legs... everytime!  I find it funny, my mum not so much.